Maale City, 1 August 2022 (TDI): President of the Republic of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, departed for India on a four-day official visit.

This visit by the Maldivian President comes at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. A Maldivian delegation of senior government officials and representatives of leading Maldivian businesses will accompany the President during the visit.

Maldivian President will visit New Delhi during his visit. He is also to meet with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, and other senior officials of the Indian government.

During the visit, strengthening bilateral relations will be a key point of formal discussion between the two governments. A number of MOUs (memoranda of understanding) in different areas will also be exchanged during the visit.

Both the Maldivian President and Indian Prime Minister will hold a joint press conference to discuss the outcomes of the two governments’ talks.

Other than meeting the leadership of the Indian government, President Solih will also meet with executives from industries and businesses in New Delhi and Mumbai. In this regard, business-to-business forums have been planned in both New Delhi and Mumbai.

The President is also to meet Maharashtra’s Governor, and will also make a tour of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust will also be one of the visiting destinations, where the President will meet the Port’s management.

President Solih will conclude his visit and return to the Maldives on August 4. Maldivian President’s visit to India is evidence of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

India-Maldives Relations

India and Maldives are neighboring countries, sharing a maritime border. Relations between the two countries are friendly and both countries enjoy close strategic, economic, and military cooperation.

India was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of the Maldives. The Maldives has a High Commission in New Delhi and India has a High Commission in Maale City.

Both nations are founding members of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), and the South Asian Economic Forum and are signatories to the South Asia Free Trade Agreement.